The name of this rose is actually Unconditional Love – you can click that link and find out more. I grow these roses and I’ve painted them before. And I guess I’ve painted the vase before too.
This painting feels like it belongs in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I love the the clothing and decor in his movies. Sparse, clean, well tailored, quality material, so sharp and normal. I’m not sure if it means anything, but I like the connection – even if it’s just in my own mind. And I’m not at all trying to convey anything dark or surreal. Just the plain fullness of life which is good but not perfect and is sometimes very bad, but overall wonderful.
Spring has been utterly glorious here in Southern Oregon this year. Everything is lush and green and my roses are having a banner year. The yellow one is called Jeri Jennings and the red is Unconditional Love. Both are Paul Barden roses, both came from Rogue Valley Roses – a place I’ve mentioned before on this blog. Janet has collected a fantastic variety of roses that grow on their own rootstock, all meticulously categorized and documented and REALLY hard to choose which to plant, because there are so many good ones.
In my eagerness to share this image, I’ve had to photograph it before it’s been varnished, so there are some matte and shiny places. I’ll re document the image and replace it in a few months when it’s been properly varnished.
I’ve written about Rogue Valley Rosesbefore – and I’m still such a big fan. Mrs. Janet Inada graciously hosted myself and two other artists for an afternoon of painting on her A M A Z I N G rose farm in late May of this year. She grows and sells roses on their own root stock – heirloom and new varieties, and trust me, growing these roses is addictive. I have 5 and am planning for at least 5 more. Any patch of sun in my yard gets a rose!
Come one, come all – I’m showing new work at the Ashland Painters Union (27 1/2 N. Main St, Ashland – on the Plaza – Up the stairs between Gold and Gems and Cracker Jax) during September. The show opens First Friday Sept from 5 – 8 pm (or later if the party is super fun).
These pieces are all made within the last few months with the exception of one drawing, which was made last year. It’s a survey of what I like to paint and reflects my head space in the last 9 or so months. I quit my day job and have just mellowed out, enjoyed the slow lane a little more this year and the results can actually be seen in my artwork.
I’ll post a piece or two from the show each day or so as a preview leading up to the opening.
These roses grow in my back yard. Their name is Fantin Latour and all you art nerds know Fantin Latour is the best painter of flowers ever – French 19th Century guy, friends with Manet and that crew. I drool and cry over his paintings and I think you can see a nod to him in this piece.
The actual rose bush has a bit of a good back story – it blooms ONE time a year, but those blooms are lovely and smell wonderful. Rogue Valley rose nerds will guess where this bush came from – the amazing Rogue Valley Roses has hundreds if not thousands of roses on their own root stock in fantastical varieties. This great business is the labor of love of my old English teacher, Janet Inada.